Originally Posted by ZephyrusX
I have heard that there is height discrimination in China. I seem to recall a story where a lawyer couldn't get a job because he was too short. I think he sued and won. Why is height such a big deal in China? What does it mean to be short? Are woman discriminated against on the basis of height just as much as men?
I think physical appearance is taken into consideration, consciously or not, everywhere in the world when it comes to interviews (there's data out there on how much each extra cm of height is worth in terms of salary). But business practices in East-Asian countries tend to be a lot more upfront about these things. There are jobs here (Korea) that are explicitly for Westerners, and the more Western you look, the better, as you will be put on show as the token white guy. Being blond, blue-eyed and tall will make you all the more employable.